About Lina Kumar

Lina Kumar is a podiatrist that qualified from Plymouth and Brighton Universities with a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Podiatry in 2001 and 2004 respectively. Since then she has worked for the NHS and private sector as a podiatrist with a special interest in wound care and diabetes.

In 2016 Lina qualified as a nutritionist from the Blackford Institute and has since followed her passion in this field. Lina is a believer in a balanced dietary regime and advocates the Mediterranean Diet. Having been born and brought up in Cyprus, she had the blessing to be surrounded by fields of fig, citrus, olive, cherry and almond trees, vineyards, as well as an array of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. She was privileged enough to be able to go into the garden and pick these foods fresh from the field and have a diet that was based on wholesome and organically-grown food.

Since having moved to the UK in 1998 she has strived to have as healthy a diet as possible for herself and her family, with fresh produce, olive oil (which her mum and dad still make at the olive mill from their own olive trees and bring over to England on their visits), nuts and seeds, fish and little meat.

With the steep rise in diabetes, obesity and heart disease, it is in our hands to take control of our health and, along with exercise and a happy mind, use food as a powerful tool to take control and fend off disease.

Diabetes and endocrine health issues are multifactorial metabolic conditions, which need a multi-faceted approach. This is comprised of medical therapeutics such as nutrition, exercise, motivation and structured education in order to achieve optimal outcomes for prevention and cure. Recognising this early in her career as a specialist podiatrist, Lina decided to add an important aspect of nutrition to her clinical approach eg: mediterranean diet in diabetes, iodine replete state in thyroid, calorie deficit in weight loss, current concepts of intermittent fasting etc.

In this blog, we will explore the power that lies in naturally-occurring foods and how we can use them to optimise our health, based on what issues we experience.

We cover many aspects of food and nutrition, with a focus on the key ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, which is evidence-based again and again for its benefits.

Happy reading and please get in touch with your comments or questions- I love questions!

Breakfast-breaking news

  As far as most of us can remember, breakfast has historically  been considered the most important meal of the day.  It’s been thought to kick-off our metabolism, boost our performance at school or at work, and help us maintain a slim figure.   As a person who hardly ever has breakfast, and with the […]

Meat-free diet beneficial for diabetes

According to an article published in the British Medical Journal in October 2018, a plant-based diet is the way forward for better diabetes control.  This conclusion follows the analysis of  eleven studies, most of which were RCTs (randomised control trials- the most unbiased kind).  The studies showed that a plant-based diet may offer the following […]

What are whole grains?

  We are often asked what constitutes ‘whole grains’, which is a big part of the Mediterranean diet and healthy eating in general.   In the good old days before the globalisation and industrialisation of food, whole grains were more abundant and the go-to ingredient for the basis of a meal.  For example, wheat, barley, […]

Interesting news

As many of you may have heard in the news today, scientists have shown that genes play a bigger role in our weight than may have been previously thought.  The article is very interesting indeed, but the last two paragraphs remind us that we still hold a lot of power as individuals to improve our […]

What should I eat for optimum thyroid function?

Whether one is living with an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or an under-active one (hypothyroidism), the recommended diet is about the same.  It is encouraged to eat a varied diet of nutritious foods in the correct amounts.  The emphasis is on calcium and vitamin D-rich foods, such as: seeds cheese yogurt oily fish pulses almonds […]

Mediterranean Diet named Top Diet for 2019

The Mediterranean Diet is voted the top one for 2019.  This  is to due to its richness in nutrients, as well as its benefits on heart health and diabetes.   https://www.jwatch.org/fw114946/2019/01/07/mediterranean-diet-named-top-diet-2019